FlexSchool

  • FlexSchool's mission is to create learning spaces where gifted and twice-exceptional students all over the world are accepted, valued, and supported. A schoolhouse for the 21st century, designed for those gifted and twice-exceptional middle school, high school, and post-graduate students who are not thriving in traditional school.
  • FlexSchool`s amazing faculty focuses on critical thinking in all areas of learning; a "toolbox" concept emphasizing how to learn rather than an "encyclopedia" concept emphasizing specific material (though all core bases are covered in depth!).
  • We focus on our students` strengths through academically rigorous courses and then provide any support a student needs.
  • FlexSchool is an accredited school providing a high quality, discussion-based, experiential educational experience for students who want more.
  • We currently have two campuses. One in Berkeley Heights, NJ and one in Bronxville, NY. We also offer virtual learning through our Cloud campus.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Independent Private Schools Association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 5-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, dysgraphia, executive functioning, slow processing, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Anxiety, Depression
Year Founded2014
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesFlexSummer Extended School Year ProgramIf your child or students are in need of academic maintenance, credit recovery, continued social/emotional development, or meeting state graduation requirements to allow greater schedule flexibility during the school year then FlexSchool ESY may be the right fit. FlexSummer ESY is also a fantastic opportunity to explore whether FlexSchool will be an appropriate Naples Placement. Our relationship-based model embraces students for who and where they are, then supports them as they learn to thrive. FlexSchool has a full team of support staff including social workers and learning specialists. Our faculty is specially trained in supporting learning challenges, executive functioning skills, social/emotional support, and customizing curricula to fit student’s needs.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students43 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade FlexSchool Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio2:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size5 students
Average SAT score683
Average ACT score30
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Student choice)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Noteshttps://www.flexschool.net/admission/application-processFlexSchool meets all requirements for Naples Act Placement which allows public school districts to place special education students into accredited schools that meet the standards and requirements. Please ask us for more information.
Admissions DirectorJacqui Byrne

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Homework Club, Media Arts Club, Robotics Team, Theater Club

School Notes

FlexSchool's mission is to create learning spaces where gifted and twice-exceptional students all over the world are accepted, valued, and supported.

Many highly creative and eager gifted students struggle to thrive in school. Some lose their confidence, their sense of purpose and finally their will to try. Whether they are impacted by a specific learning disability, poor executive functioning, struggle with slow processing speed, anxiety or even intense stubbornness to "do things their way," they are stuck. It`s no wonder. Gifted kids can be a conundrum for schools. While not suitable for every 2e student, FlexSchool can support those who are socially-minded to enjoy a community of peers. At FlexSchool we work with students to accelerate or decelerate coursework as necessary.

FlexSchool is a unique learning network for gifted and twice exceptional (2e) middle and high school students. FlexSchool embraces students for who and where they are, then supports them as they learn to thrive. Small, ability-based discussion classes taught by subject experts ensure meaningful conversations and the opportunity to ask high-level questions. The faculty, trained and supported by learning specialists and mental health professionals, focuses on critical thinking in all areas of learning; a "toolbox" concept emphasizing how to learn rather than an "encyclopedia" concept emphasizing specific material (though all core bases are covered in depth). Students are supported and encouraged to study topics that interest them with faculty mentors. FlexSchool is also a safe and fun environment for accelerated students who want to "join in" rather than "stand out."

FlexSchool campuses are deliberately embedded in the community to use local resources. Examples of this include experiential learning in the local area every Friday (FlexFridays), meaningful community service, and opportunities for students to find local mentors and activities that both support and extend their interests.

Importantly, homework is relevant and minimized at FlexSchool. It is not seen as a gateway to a grade.  Executive functioning, the process of mental control and self-regulation that helps us organize and plan, is explicitly taught and practiced.

Recognizing that many students live outside of our region, FlexSchool is designed to welcome students virtually into our classrooms through our Cloud Classroom video conferencing technology. If private instruction is needed, students "remote in" with their teacher 1:1. FlexSchool has had great success with remote students from as far away as Florida, California, and Switzerland!


Academics
  • Subject experts with training in learning challenges, executive functioning skills, emotional support, and customizing curricula for individual students. All faculty trained by Stephen Chou Psy.D., Norma Hafenstein Ph.D., Heidi Molbak M.S. NCC, and a learning specialist on supporting students` second exceptionalities.
  • Student/faculty ratio of 4:1
  • Minimized, relevant homework
  • Study hall & homework club after school so students leave school free to pursue other interests
Experiential Learning
  • FlexFridays are a mix of hands-on learning, invited speakers, and school trips.
  • Year-long project on a topic of student`s choice addresses the question: What problem in the world do you want to address.
  • An annual week-long trip to Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont for environmental science, group challenges, ropes course, and survival skills. Parents of anxious students are welcome.
Environment
  • Teachers respect students` abilities
  • Questions are welcomed (that`s why we have subject experts!)
  • Welcoming and kind student population
  • Safe atmosphere so students can take academic risks
College Counseling provided by expert counselors.

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